Hi guys! I have a BUNCH of awesome polishes to show off today and tomorrow from Above the Curve!
If you haven’t already heard of Above the Curve, they’re an amazing indie nail polish brand headed up by an awesome husband and wife duo! Angel and Shawn are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet- and on top of having amazing polishes, $1 from every single bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children! Their mission with Above the Curve is to raise awareness for Shriner’s Hospital’s for Children, and for scoliosis. You can read more about their story here on their Big Cartel site!
Today I’ll be showing some of their more recent additions to the ATC lineup: Kiss My Asteroid, Sugar Rush, Ceclia, and You’re Turning Ne-On! Tomorrow I’ll have the new Polish Addiction Collection, so be sure to come back- those are all AMAZING!
As a note: every single Above the Curve polish I own applies perfectly (I’ve purchased a large number on my own in addition to review polishes). I didn’t have to do any cleanup for any of these photos with the exception of 1 nail on Kiss My Asteroid! The holos all went on beautifully, right where I placed the polish- no pooling, no dragging, no bald spots. Many times, ATC polishes can be 1 coaters! I’m not sure that any indie brand I own applies as well as most of my Above the Curve polishes- which is high praise, because I am a self-admitted indie-aholic and adore many brands. Anywho- onward with the review!
First up is Kiss My Asteroid!, a beautiful black holo filled with smaller black holographic glitters. This is 2 coats with no topcoat.
I first took photos of all of these polishes inside in my lightbox, but I opted not to post those and waited patiently for a sunny day (we normally only have sunny days here in the summer- but of course when I want one, we get storms!). It was worth the wait- look at that sparkle!
The larger sparkles you see are the black glitters peaking through. This looks mostly like a black linear holo polish, and those glitters give it a nice interesting pop that is a bit unexpected, but not overwhelming.
Second up is Sugar Rush. This polish is full of different glitters in a white crelly base- I spy blue, navy, yellow, dark pink, lilac, and green hexes, and pink circles! I used 2 coats with no topcoat.
This polish went on wonderfully- I sometimes run into issues with crelly glitter polishes with dragging, but the glitters went on well and didn’t require any special placement from me. I just love when I can see the different layers of glitter!
Next time, I do think I would use a topcoat with this one. Like many times with glitter polishes, the glitters poked out a teensy bit from the base- a topcoat would smooth that out.
Cecilia is an absolutely STUNNING teal/turquoise linear holo. I did 2 coats for photos (no topcoat), but this is one of those ‘could be a 1 coat’ polishes I mentioned- coverage was amazing.
UGH, I die. If there is one thing ATC does very, very well- it is polishes like this (and tomorrow’s post is more of polishes like this!). The coverage is FANTASTIC, it applies like a dream, the colors are always slightly different than things I already have and oh-so-pretty, and the holo effect is always linear and gorgeous. I may sound like I’m gushing, but I really can’t say enough good things about ATC holos. Everyone should own at least 1!
And last but not least, I have You’re Turning Ne-On! You’re Turning Ne-On is a mix of white and black hexes, squares, and rectangles, along with blue, pink and green neon hexes in a clear base. I used 1 coat of You’re Turning Ne-On! over 2 coats of Weird Indeed’s PIVOT!. (And since someone may ask- sadly, you can no longer buy Weird Indeeds other than a lucky blog sale find. The creator quit selling last fall and I rarely see people parting with them).
Ahhh, I love this polish! I will admit, since a majority of the shapes are larger, I had to do some fishing and the glitters were a bit stubborn. I also had to place them a bit (though not completely dabbing). It was worth it though, isn’t this fun?
My favorite thing about this polish is exactly what makes it slightly challenging to apply- the really big shapes. Most of my glitter toppers are filled with a lot of micro glitter, or a wider variety of sizes- everything just looks ‘jumbo’ with this one and I love it! I really love the squares and rectangles too- its like bar glitter I can support 🙂
So that’s it for tonight! I’ll have my second post up tomorrow, so be sure to check back- they’re gorgeous too!
Interested in grabbing any Above the Curve beauties? You can find them in their Big Cartel store, their Etsy store, and also at Overall Beauty (which I HIGHLY recommend- amazing service!). You can also follow the ATC Facebook page for news and updates! Polishes range anywhere from $7 to $9 (for holos)- which is a deal, especially considering $1 from every bottle goes directly to Shriner’s Hospital!
*Some products in this post were provided for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Today I have a new indie brand to show off- Fantasy Nail Lacquer! I love getting a chance to try out new lines that I’ve never used before 🙂 I received 3 shades to review- Camillia, Magic, and Sapphire Rose. Magic is available now, but Camillia and Sapphire Rose are new shades due to be released later this week!
First up is Camillia, a beautiful pink! You all know how I love my pinks!
Camillia is a pretty rose pink filed with fine silver holographic glitter. The picture above shows Camillia inside in my light box, the second 2 photos show it outside on a sunny day. All 3 of these colors were beautiful inside, but they popped outside in the sun! My camera wasn’t able to pick up all the sparkles these were showing off.
The lightbox photos were taken this weekend, and used 2 coats of Camillia. The outdoor photos were taken yesterday, and used 3 coats. I trimmed my nails down a tiny bit in between (*squee!* my first time in awhile cutting my nails shorter by CHOICE!). Camillia dried a tiny bit matte (maybe a bit of a suede finish?), so I chose to add a coat of Essence Gel-Look topcoat to really bring out the shine.
Application was smooth and easy. I did add a few drops of thinner to all 3 polishes, but that’s not a necessity- I just prefer to do multiple thin coats rather than 2 thick coats.
Next up is Magic!
Magic is a gorgeous grey jelly polish filled with ultrafine silver glitter and fine holographic purple, pink and blue glitters. Like with Camillia, the first photo is inside in my lightbox and the next 2 are outside in the sun. The first photo shows 2 coats of Magic, the second 2 photos are both of 2 coats.
Coverage was really really outstanding for a glitter/jelly polish. You get pretty good coverage with just 1 coat, but things are completely opaque with 2. My nails were sparkling like crazy outside! This reminds me a little of OPI’s Excuse Moi! and other polishes that are filled to the brim with microglitter and cover so well. Because of how much glitter there was, this polish was a little thicker but nothing hard to work with.
Last but not least, we have Sapphire Rose!
This is just like Camillia, only in a bright beautiful blue. Sapphire Rose is a pretty sapphire blue filled with fine silver holographic glitter. Like the other two (no surprise by now I’m sure), the first photo is 2 coats in my lightbox, and the second 2 photos are 3 coats outside.
Like Camillia, Sapphire Rose dried a tiny bit matte (more like a suede), so I used 1 coat of Essence Gel-Look topcoat to bring out the shimmer. Application was great, and went on wonderfully.
Aren’t these colors so pretty? If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be Sapphire Rose (I didn’t pick the pink, what?!)- the blue is just so bright and pretty and really pops with all the sparkles in the sunlight.
You can grab Magic along with other gorgeous colors right now in Fantasy Lacquer’s Etsy Shop for $8/full size and $4/mini size- Camillia and Sapphire Rose are going to be released this Saturday, June 15.
Be sure to follow the Fantasy Lacquer Facebook page to keep up to date on news and new releases!
Hi guys! I never really updated officially on the blog, but I’m sure you were able to guess that I took an extended break from blogging. I still update on my Facebook page occasionally- which I think most people follow- but I apologize for never explaining that here as well. But I’m back now! I’ve missed blogging more than I thought I would. I actually planned to return almost a month ago, but my camera cord went missing- so the pictures in this post are about a month old now!
I’m planning on taking things slow initially- I’m going to make an effort to post regularly to keep myself on track, but I won’t be posting daily like many bloggers are able to do. I have a few reviews I’ve been incredibly late about posting (not polish, but polish/beauty related), so I’m going to do those this week, and then try and jump back in! Let me know what you’d like to see- right now my plan is to mainly do small, quick posts on whatever I’m wearing, but I’m open to suggestions and requests for sure!
This mani uses 2 of my very favorite polishes, Above the Curve Caty Perrywinkle and Lynnderella Blue Rouge. Even though both are recent purchases, they’re towards the top of my favorite list. I happened to have them sitting on my desk together and realized how perfect they would look as a pairing!
First is 2 coats of Above the Curve’s Caty Perrywinkle alone. Periwinkle is one of my favorite colors, so I was SUPER excited when Shaun and Angel debuted this gorgeous polish a few months ago. Caty Perrywinkle is a holographic periwinkle polish. It applied wonderfully, and outside in the sun it was much more holographic than my picture is showing. It’s definitely not an in-your-face holo, but it adds a gorgeous sparkle to a beautiful color.
Lynnderella’s Blue Rouge is actually a lot more opaque than people realize- you can have full coverage in 2 coats easily. Because of this I opted to do a glitter gradiant with Caty Perrywinkle, so that it wouldn’t be completely covered. I dabbed Blue Rouge around the cuticle area of my nails towards the middle, and then added a second coat and drug a tiny bit downward on each side. This is one of my very favorite Lynnderella polishes ever- it’s absolutely worth the splurge! It filled with smaller periwinkle and lilac glitters, and very fine pink glitter. Gorgeous!
I highly recommend both of these beauties! Here’s where you can find both:
Above the Curve: Follow their Facebook Page for updates, and purchase via their Etsy Store or Big Cartel Store– $9 (right now Caty Perrywinkle is only available via Big Cartel)
Lynnderella: Follow the Love Lynnderella Facebook page for polish updates, and buy via Lynnderella’s Ebay Store– $20
I’m excited to be back! I hope you guys liked my first return post as much as I did- I STILL love this mani! ❤
Good afternoon everyone! I couldn’t decide which mani to use for today’s Go Pink Wednesday- so I decided to show off both!
My first look is using 2 international polishes- Tip Top Nails Popsicle that you saw in yesterday’s post, topped with Passe Nati Sabrina Sato- Quero Amor.
And now for my second mani- This one is a gorgeous color from Fanchromatic Nails!
Inara: I see Kaylee’s here.
Mal: Yeah, crying Cinderella tears. You should have seen her when I told her she could have that layer cake she’s wearing.
Inara: I think she looks adorable.
So this polish is a homage to Kaylee’s completely over the top, adorable, so ‘her’ dress that she had to wear to the big shindig. I love Kaylee 🙂
For these photos I wore 2 coats of Layer Cake over 1 coat of Zoya’s Rory, but it can easily be worn on it’s own. I previously wore 3 coats of Layer Cake alone just fine! It was just too cloudy for photos that day 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the different looks!
Sadly- Tip Top Nails can only be purchased in South Africa, and Passe Nati can be found in Brazil (Llarowe does carry some of the brand, but not this particular polish).
Fanchromatic Nails can be found here on Etsy, and you can follow their Facebook Page for news and updates! I’ll be showing off a few other beautiful colors from Lynae at Fanchromatic tomorrow, so be sure to check back!
I’ll warn you- this is a VERY picture heavy post!
Some of you already know, but I play World of Warcraft. I have since shortly after it was released- just over 7 years. So when Missi of Different Dimension put out a call for bloggers that also play WoW to show off her new collection- I jumped at the chance!
World of Warcraft has it’s 4th expansion pack, Mists of Pandaria, coming out in just over a week. The theme of this expansion is Pandaria- ie, panda people (for those who aren’t familiar with the game). Much of the backbone of WoW centers around conflict between two warring factions- The Alliance and The Horde (which when playing, you play for the faction of your choice).
Of course, you certainly don’t have to play- or even like- World of Warcraft to love these polishes!
Be sure to grab any you want NOW- Once the Expansion is released on September 25, these will be gone for good!
I’m going to start off tonight with Murloc!
So that green guy is a murloc! Murlocs are (usually) hostile creatures found… well… all OVER the place in WoW. They’re sort of like fish people. There’s a lot of color variations with them, but this particular one shows off the polish colors the best!
Murloc is a pretty glitter polish filled with green, blue and red sparkling hexes. This could be opaque in multiple coats, but I chose to use it as a layering polish.
This is 2 coats of Murloc over Spoiled’s I’m So Jaded. The glitters were so beautiful and sparkly- there is a bit of a holo shine to the them, especially the blue and green!
Next, we have Spectral Tiger!
The Spectral Tiger is a very rare, very coveted mount in the game. It’s only available via the WoW Trading Card Game, so it costs a lot of real-life money to acquire (think many hundreds of dollars). It’s a ghostly, slightly transparent tiger. I do not have this mount 😦
But I DO have this beautiful polish of the same name! (yeah, cheesy, I know)
Spectral Tiger is GORGEOUS. Just absolutely gorgeous. It’s a very subtle polish; a light baby blue shade filled with baby blue, white, and holographic glitters. I chose to layer 2 coats over Sinful Color’s Snow Me White.
Next up, we have Bad Ass Panda!
As a reference- here is a Pandaren, the new race that’s being introduced in Mists. To be specific- this is MY Pandaren. This is my main character (Sunni) as she looks on the beta servers- since you can change your character’s race over there. I plan on doing this the day the expansion comes out, so this is exactly how she’ll look again in a few weeks 🙂 She’s also hanging out with my very favorite companion pet, Bananas- he was a birthday present from my husband about 4 years ago.
Now you’ll understand why I chose this undercoat for Bad Ass Panda…
This is 2 coats of Bad Ass Panda over 2 coats of Zoya Lola. I did do a tiny bit of glitter placing for these photos, just to ensure that every nail had a diamond, but it’s not necessary for normal wear!
And now, we just have the last 2 polishes- Alliance and Horde. I happen to have faction-specific stuffed animals (yes, I do, and I won’t allow my kids to play with them), and they’ll be making appearances alongside their faction’s colors! You already know I play Horde side, so I’m leaving the best for last.
Alliance is filled with blue, lilac, and holographic gold glitter. Like the ones before it, this is best used over another polish!
Here’s my nails posing with the Alliance crest, which is the inspiration for the polish!
And last (but certainly not least), we have Horde!
This polish is the best in the collection for using with no polish underneath. It’s a jelly finish, but it’s almost opaque in 2 coats and completely covers in 3. Horde is filled with silver and red hex glitter and fine silver holographic glitter in a black jelly base.
Overall, I was blown away by this entire collection. I thought they looked pretty and awesome before I recieved them, but once I put them on, they were all just so very gorgeous. I’m partial to them all of course, but if you have to be good and just grab 1 or 2- I’d say Spectral Tiger is a must-have, and if you lack a nice black and white topcoat Bad Ass Panda is as well.
You can follow Different Dimension on Facebook, and be sure to check out her Etsy Store! In addition to the new WoW collection, there are a TON of gorgeous polishes. Each color in this collection sells for $10 and Spectral Tiger sells for $12.50, or you can get the whole set of 5 for $45 (a discount of $7.50!). Other polishes are $8.50, and Glow in the Darks are $10. She also now offers mini sets!
*These polishes were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.*
Hello all! I hope everyone had a great weekend! We were super busy around here- still getting into the swing of things with school back in session, combined with each kiddo getting sick at separate times. So I’m sorry for the sporadic posting, I just didn’t get much of a chance to sit down and take some ‘me’ time!
For today, I just have a pretty but simple look. All you’ll need is some polishes, and some dotting tools! Dotting tools can be found at tons of different places- the set I use is almost identical to this set found at Born Pretty. You can also find them on Ebay, and on Dollish Polish’s site.
First I painted my nails with the absolutely gorgeous Miss Conduct by Orly. This shade is part of the Naughty or Nice 2012 Holiday Collection, which I bought from Transdesign.
Miss Conduct is a stunning magenta pink color, filled to the brim with holographic particles. It was a fairly thin polish, but it applied well and was almost opaque at 1 coat and completely opaque at 2. The polish remained smooth, sparkly and shiny when dry, so I didn’t use a topcoat.
Then I just used black and white polish, just barely dipped the dotting tools into them, and dotted away. I didn’t really use a set pattern or ‘look’, just sort of filled it in on the sides.
Dots are a great way to liven up any single color mani!
Be sure to be on the lookout for this Orly color- in my opinion it’s a must-have if you love pink or bling! 🙂
Hello again all! Tonight I have the second part of my Darling Diva polish review- and it’s my very favorite! I have Dangerous Driver and Ringer to show off!
These two are both GORGEOUS. For those unfamiliar with Ringer- it’s a dupe of Max Factor Fantasy Fire, which is dupe (ish) of Clarins 230, better known as ‘Unicorn Pee’. Dangerous Driver is a holographic version of Ringer- which just makes it more fabulous in my opinion!
Enough talking- on to the pictures!
The color shift of Ringer isn’t quite as visible in Dangerous Driver because of the spectacular holographic effect. But this polish is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. I think these photos look pretty good, but they still do no justice to this polish.
Next up: Darling Diva Polish Ringer!
Ringer is a beautiful polish. It is almost a dead-on duplicate to Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire, but just a tad more sheer and lighter if you’re not layering it. This photo was taken with 4 coats, and you can still see a bit of VNL. But none of these colors are really at their best without a polish underneath!
Sadly, I had already traded away my Fantasy Fire before I took these photos. I did a swatch comparison, so I can say that they are almost identical (but now can’t find that swatch wheel!). However, the reason I traded off Fantasy Fire… was because I finally got my hands on a bottle of Clarins 230 itself!
Ready for some comparison photos?? Here we go!
The first comparison shot is both colors with no underwear. This is the biggest area that Clarins will differ from it’s competitors. Clarins 230 is a completely different base color, and it honestly just seems a bit more ‘deep’ than the others. But that is really something that almost no one will notice. Swatched over black, however…
Over black there’s almost no serious visible difference between Clarins 230, Ringer, or Fantasy Fire. Clarins is a bit more ‘vibrant’, but its a subtle difference. Over black, Dangerous Driver’s beautiful color shift is clearly on display along with the beautiful holo effect.
*Sigh* So many sparkles in one photo! These 2 above photos were taken indoors next to an open window to still get the sparkle, but allow the color shift to shine through more (the full sun makes Dangerous Driver sparkle like crazy- as you can see below!)
You can find Darling Diva Polish on Facebook, and you can buy her beautiful colors at her Etsy shop. All of her colors are $8.00 with the exception of holo colors, like Dangerous Driver, which are $12.00. And she ships internationally for a reasonable rate!
Be sure to check her out! I really feel like Dangerous Driver is a must have- and Ringer is for sure if you haven’t found Fantasy Fire (though you’ll want it if you’re like me and just love having similar colors!).
*Some of the products shown in this post were provided to me without cost for an honest review*
I’m back to normally-scheduled Try It On Tuesday this week!
Today I’ll be showing off Studio M’s Slammin’ Red. I got this awhile ago in a swap with the ever-awesome Jen from Jen’s Nail Files. I’m convinced she’s the source of a majority of blogger’s Studio M Purple Medallions 😉
Studio M is only sold in Meijer stores, which are only in a handful of states in the Midwest- which is nowhere near me. They’re basically Color Club in different bottles- so odds are good you’ll be able to find most shades that way (though Color Club is ALSO not sold around me).
Slammin’ Red is a gorgeousssss red packed to.the.brim with red and silver holo glitter. I did 2 coats for the photos, but it was almost opaque with 1 coat (just barely a VNL- yes, some nails have finally grown enough that I can have nail lines!). Not many glitter polishes can claim that!
This polish was a little thick, but was still easy to work with and apply.
Look at those SPARKLES!
If you pick up this color, I would recommend a base coat! I didn’t have staining because I used a base coat, but I got the impression that it may stain.
Studio M’s can be found at Meijer stores for $2.99!
Hello a day late, everyone! As I mentioned yesterday on Facebook, we had pretty nasty storms all day yesterday. I had attempted indoor pictures of these colors, but they just didn’t turn out great and I didn’t want to post without pictures that could at least attempt to show the polishes off. So I waited until today, and thankfully the sun was shining!
So for today’s Indie Wednesday, I’m going to be featuring 2 lovely polishes from Fanchromatic Nails! This shop opened up for business just a month ago, so they’re still pretty new!
This shop specializes in ‘Geek’ nail colors- in other words, inspired by all things awesome. I’m glad lots of ladies are stepping up to fill the void that NerdLacquer left!
For my first order, I bought the 2 Limited Edition shades- Astrometrics and Spatial Anomaly. These are only available in mini size for $4.75 each, and they’re limited edition due to the ingredients- it’s not guaranteed there will be more available.
Would you LOOK at those sparkles? I will freely say- this is what these colors look like on the nail, though a tiny bit toned down. I tried so hard to do these justice but really feel I came up short. If you’re looking to get your money’s worth with an indie purchase, this would be it. These babies are filled with a TON of different glitters- shapes, sizes, colors. All while remaining fairly subdued and wearable.
First up is Astrometrics!
From the Etsy listing: ‘Astrometrics: measuring the movements of planets and other celestial bodies. This is some DEEP space science stuff. Fortunately, when translated into nail polish, “deep space stuff” just means you’ll really enjoy staring at your nails.’
These pictures are all 3 coats, plus 1 coat of Color Club topcoat. I could’ve gotten away with 2 coats, but it wasn’t completely opaque. I didn’t need any cleanup- which is to say, the polish behaved well 🙂
Next up: Spatial Anomaly!
Again from the Etsy listing: ‘Something’s there, but we don’t know what it is and we can’t explain it. That’s right, we discovered a spatial anomaly!’
As a disclaimer- I’ve spent the better part of 2 weeks referring to this one as ‘Spatial Anatomy’, so I apologize if you catch that misspelling anywhere 🙂
You can find Fanchromatic Nails here on Etsy, and you can follow here on Facebook to keep up to date on news. There’s also an awesome Game of Thrones collection (Seven Kingdoms), along with the rest of the Star Trek inspired polishes (Strange New World) to check out!
I had great intentions of posting this earlier. For whatever reason, I’ve been dragging my feet today. Which is silly really, because I have a BEAUTIFUL polish to show off!
I was stumped over what polish to feature today for Try It On Tuesday- even though probably 75% of my polishes are untried- and had originally settled on O.P.I.’s Metallic 4 Life. Then this morning (before I had painted my nails), Llarowe announced on Facebook that today’s Brand of the Day would be Enchanted Polish- and I just happen to have 1 lone Enchanted Polish that is untried!
I was planning on saving this for an Indie Wednesday, but I decided to bump it forward a day instead!
I was lucky enough to snag Across the Universe during Llarowe’s generous Birthday Sale. I think this is the *only* polish I have ever opened and gasped out loud when I first saw it- when there was no one else around. Stunning is an understatement!
Across the Universe is a multichrome holographic nail polish. As you can see above, in the bottle it shifts from green-gold to blue to purple, though on the nails it’s really more of a purple to blue shift. The scattered holo effect is very vibrant and stunning. This polish went on easily and smoothly, and didn’t require much clean up.
Another bottle shot- truly, I can’t stop staring at this bottle. So stunning!
For all of the pictures I was wearing 3 coats of Across the Universe with a coat of Poshe quick dry topcoat. Coverage was fine at 2, but I really wanted it brighter. I did notice that the multi-chrome effect was much stronger on just 1 coat, though it was too thin on it’s own. It’s possible that with 1 coat over another base color it can show off a bit more! I’ll have to experiment soon 🙂
I took all of these outside in the sunlight to maximize the holo goodness.
I did notice on some earlier photos the way the sun hit my nails, it looks as if I have a giant spot of unpainted area on my pointer finger. As you can see in the picture above, that’s not the case- it’s just a very weird instance of lighting.
And finally, here’s a closeup of a nail to show off that holo sparkle!
Here’s a list of everyone participating in Try It On Tuesday- go check out their posts as well!
365 Days of Color
Beyond Beauty Lounge
Peace Love Lacquer
Tall Girl In Heels With Pretty Painted Nails
Jilltastic Nail Design
Polished by Maddie
Samples By Entaeyen
Shelly’s Sassy Nails
Nail Polish Anon
Nails By Ms. Lizard
Enchanted Nails and Fluffy Dog Tails
Two Lacquered Girls
Love & Lacquer
Sparkle and Shine Nails
Sincerely Obsessed with Polish
Polish and Such
Something Polish Like
Fancy Schmancy Nails
And for those that have made it all the way to the end: Enjoy!